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Balsom has a burning ambition to break through the barriers to her music being heard.

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Opera of the week: The Perfect American, London Coliseum, London WC2

Based on Peter Stephan Jungk's fictionalised account of Walt Disney's dying days, the latest of Philip Glass's operas offers a mythic portrait of the megalomaniac behind Main Street USA's most beloved cartoon characters.

Glyndebourne survived the Second World War by opening its doors to evacuees from east London

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Power play: Mitsuko Uchida in concert

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Marin Alsop will be the first woman to conduct the Last Night at the Proms in its 119 year history

BBC Proms 2013 schedule in full

Here are the listings of the BBC Proms season 2013 in full:

BBC Proms season 2013 at a glance

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